This method is probably the one most students try first, but many evolve past it into something more flexible.
A quick outline that treats first corsets and then footbinding shows one way that such a paper might be structured.
Depending on how organized your thoughts are, you might just jot out a few main ideas on a blank sheet of paper/computer screen or you might actually want to make up an actual list with columns for things the texts share and things they don't.
During this phase, just write down whatever comes to mind, no matter how miniscule you think it may be.
A structure like this one seems more focused on the ideas being compared and contrasted than on the comparison and contrast itself.
The similarities and differences between the ideas do not begin to emerge until the writer gets to the second idea.If, for instance, both texts have the same basic theme, you could write a paper about the similar and difference ways they explore that theme.Your outline will break down the flow of your essay, noting only the main points you want to cover.You can't write a good compare and contrast essay without first reading what you've been assigned!Moreover, to generate a good essay you've got to read them carefully.A quick outline that compares and contrasts only relevant aspects of corsets and footbinding shows one way that such a paper might be structured.A comparison/contrast essay like this one would probably focus only on those elements of the ideas that are explicitly comparable or contrasting.Once you've read everything you have to, draw up lists of how those works are similar and different to each other.This is when those notes you might've taken back in step one could come in handy.You could split them up into two paragraphs on each text (one for comparing and one for contrasting) or two paragraphs that compare both works and two that hold all the contrast.Or you might find a hybrid of those two ideas works best - you'll want to go with whatever you think does the best service to your paper.